LOXLEY, Ala. – For the second time in as many tournaments, the Alabama men’s golf team will come away with the team trophy. After winning the Hamptons Intercollegiate to begin the month of October, the Crimson Tide closed the fall season Sunday afternoon by capturing the Steelwood Collegiate championship with a team total of 11-under par 853 (284-284-285).
It marks the first time since the fall of 2017 that the Tide has won consecutive tournaments. Coincidentally, the last time it happened was the final two fall tournaments that season – the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate and the Steelwood Collegiate.
Alabama was led by Thomas Ponder and Austin Coggin, who each finished below par to close the tournament among the top 10. Ponder closed play tied for fourth overall at 4-under par 212 (70-70-72) while Coggin earned his third-straight top-20 result as he tied for eighth overall at 2-under par 214 (72-70-72).
Alabama competed throughout the event without its top player Nick Dunlap, who rested after recently returning from helping Team USA claim the Eisenhower Trophy for the first time since 2014 at the 2023 World Team Amateur Championship.
Jay Seawell Comments
“I am really proud of the team today and the way they played throughout the week. I think we showed the type depth that we have. We were playing without Nick and Canon (Claycomb) did not have his best tournament, but our guys were still able to win the championship. You have to give credit to these guys. Winning this week is only going to give us confidence moving forward. There are a lot of things to be proud of this fall. Winning back-to-back tournaments to end the season obviously feels really good, but more importantly I think we grew as a team. Our goal is to win championships and gaining confidence while winning without Nick and Canon factoring in really shows what we are capable of doing and the type of team who will be able to compete for more championships this spring.”
- Four Crimson Tide golfers finished the day shooting par or better to seal the eight stroke victory
- Austin Coggin, Jonathan Griz and Thomas Ponder each carded even par rounds while JP Cave’s carded a 3-under 69 for the Tide’s low round Sunday
- As a result, three golfers finished among the top-20 individuals including Ponder, Coggin and Griz led the team throughout the two-day, 54-hole event